Technology Chinese Farmer Constructs Artificial Flying Saucer

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A 46-year-old retired farmer in China with only an elementary school education and no mechanical or aeronautical training has dreamt all his life of building his own flying machine. Today that dream has become a reality for Shu Mansheng, who has successfully completed his first flight as the pilot of a flying saucer he himself built.

This achievement marks the second attempt for the self-taught very talented man, who last year completed his first homemade aircraft. He managed to get it off the ground, but was injured on the second trial flight.

His new and improved flying machine is equipped with eight engines vertically mounted that drive individual fixed-pitch wooden propellers. The arrangement of the engines involves both an inner and outer group, each equipped with four engines. In the center is an open cockpit mounted above spokes that both support the engines and extend to an outer circular ring.

This latest attempt has cost the farmer all of his energy about 60,000 yuan (US $9,400). The inventor has been able to focus on his aviation adventures after gleaning quite a bit of money from a financial windfall.

 
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camelCase

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Albeit inefficient but at least he got to fly.
He looks so happy =)
 

Sevion

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My dad could do this too :D

TBH, he would say it would be easy (to achieve, not to efficiently implement this in anything).
 

Varine

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We already have those. It's called a frisbee.
 

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This guy's pretty cool, having a brain like that and stuff...
 

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This guy's pretty cool, having a brain like that and stuff...
I doubt there is as much "brain" needed for this then actual craftsmanship and alot of willpower and endurance.
Its not like he did something nobody did before. The important thing is rather that he did it alone by himself and without the proper equipment nor training.
 

Hatebreeder

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Not so many people that fulfill their dreams.

I like seeing people still having dreams and actually take the risk to chase them.

A very respectable Person :)
 

Azlier

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As opposed to what, a naturally occurring flying saucer?
 

Varine

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It's hardly a saucer, more like some big fans attached to a ring.
 
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